I hiked today with Giuseppe, my mountain guide. We went to the Deffeys dew, on the road to the top of Mount Ruitor. Since we started, the sky was very cloudy and when we arrived at the mountain dew it started to rain a lot! Luckily I had with me my usual cape which has been so useful to me in Nepal and continues to be here too! Anyway, I took some pictures and I am very pleased with them. I posted the shots in my flickr gallery. I managed to photograph also two baby groundhogs, playing on the rocks near the path … They were so busy in their games that did not notice me until I was really close… Exciting!
I arrived here a week ago and I did not waste my time! Between a walk and another, I was surrounded by bright green and the light of these enchanted places. An opportunity to try my new lens, a 70-300 mm. It’s a cheap lens (by the way, I found it second-hand), but in my opinion very practical, lightweight and multi-purpose. I am very pleased with my last purchase!!
I spent Christmas time to the mountains, same place as always. It was not easy to find inspiration for new landscapes. To be honest, I did not get inspiration at all, but I decided to have a walk with my Nikon eventually. I was lucky in finding a beautiful sunny day. I went to Val Ferret, even more beautiful and charming in winter time than in summer, enclosed among the rugged peaks of Mont Blanc and its rounded buttresses. I started walking in the snow trying to see with new eyes what I had seen and photographed many times. And I started thinking .. “square”. Square is a format I have not used often. It seems a difficult format, which requires a more accurate picture composition than others. I’ve bin many shots because when the square format was applied they seemed meaningless, while others seemed to improve proportion and symmetry. Anyhow, it was very interesting, entertaining and challenging as well.
Here are the first results:
My last photo tutorial has been published on donnamoderna.com today. It is about making greetings cards with one’s own photos to send special wishes to friends and relatives.
This idea came to my mind while thinking how to arrange gift for friends. For Christmas, this year, I decided to arrange only photographic gift. For that reason I’m going to Courmayeur next friday: just to take some good winter photos. It has been snowing for two weeks and I bet landscapes are amazing!
It’s not easy to set the exposure to take a good picture of a snowy landscape. Snow has to be white, a realistic white, and everything else has to be brilliant at the same time and that’s a real mess… By several trials, I developed my method, which is, basically, to overexpose a bit and correct the white balance during postproduction modificaton. Fresh new snow is quite different from old snow, so keep in mind to check the colors of every shot. Also histogram can help me in getting correct exposure, but I have always to remind myself that what my eyes see is different from what my camera freezes. This means that if the histogram is a bit as right, it’s ok. I have to pay attention to highlights, though!
I love mountains and I often get the chance to shot the snow. Fresh, candid snow is so poetic! But I took my favorite winter shot during a blizzard, from the windows of my room… every time that I see it, I feel cold!
I just added this photo to my flickr gallery. I love this shot cause I took it in a wonderful day, last month, in a very special place for me: the Elisabetta’s dew , in Veny Valley.
Veny Valley is a spectacular and wild valley at the feet of Mont Blanc. Up there I had my first “mountain adventure”, few years ago, and up there is where I brought my daughter when she was one month old. The way isn’t hard, but I remember very well what struggle wheeling the pram uphill for one and half hour! She was sleeping all the time, my husband was taking picture (awful ones ) of the landscape and me, I was wheeling the pram!
Anyway, when we arrived to the Combal Lake and then, two hours later, to Elisabetta’s mountain dew, I was glad with my effort: the view was worth it!
Last september we went back there with our daughter (who now can walk!). It was a sunny day, a little windy but warm. My husband with some of our friends went to climb Les Pyramides and the ridge, me and the baby stayed near the dew to play climbing rocks. She was really strong and she took herself very seriously…
Little mountaineers are growing up!
The temperature may still be mild in Milan, but Autumn can be felt in the air. The trees and their leaves have turned yellow almost everywhere and also the cement and the buildings have a a bit decadent look. Autumn in Milan gives melancholy.
To the mountains, Autumn is so far cry from it. Colors are beautiful: more high than ever, yellow and orange and red to go off your head! I’d like to catch these colors and print them over me. I shot trying to freeze emotions, but sometimes emotions are so intense that not even a photo is enough to catch them.
Meanwhile, my second photography tutorial has been published on donnamoderna.com and it seems that my plain suggestions are pleasing to audience. This afternoon I tried to practice them, because I’m interested in giving really useful and handy suggestions, not just theory (otherwise they could simply buy a textbook and study it…) and I really wanna go back to my first shots to remind myself what it means and what I would have wanted someone to tell me at that time.
Here’s the result:
I took this picture during my last day off to the mountains, to the Lac Blanc, near Argentière, in France. More than 2 hours and a raise of one thousand meters to get the Lac Blank Dew. We climbed very fast, in spite of all.
IIt was september, yet we found a lot of snow and the iron road was more difficult than expected. The stairs were frozen and I had to wear my gloves to grasp hold to them, but with gloves my hands slid! I was worried about my camera and my lenses into my backpack, of course!
Looking up, I sow the stairs disappearing into the fog… I started wondering where I was going…
We met few Ibexes, who materialized out of the fog in dead silence, like ghosts… in surreal feel… Everything was white and grey, and noiseless.
At the end, walking in that dreamy silence, we got the dew. The view was spectacular enough to leave us breathless.
It was worth it, definitely!”
See on my Wildlife Gallery